Names

names

Author Tess Gerritsen’s new movie project is a family affair

Tess Gerritsen, before an appearance at Salem State University.

John Blanding/Globe Staff/File 2015

Tess Gerritsen, before an appearance at Salem State University.

Advertisement

Although they're sometimes billed as readings, Tess Gerritsen rarely reads at events to promote her books. And she won’t at the Newburyport Literary Festival this weekend. Gerritsen, whose thrillers have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, doesn’t think fans want that. “Some are readers and some are writers,” she says. “They’re interested in where the ideas come from. They want stories.” Gerritsen, who was a physician before she was a writer, published her first novel in 1987. A dozen more followed. (That’s not counting the series featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles that inspired the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.) Lately, Gerritsen, who lives in Maine, has been working on a movie. The horror film, “Island Zero,” is a family affair: Gerritsen wrote the screenplay, she and her husband financed the movie, and their son, Josh, directed. “When I was young, we were all terrified of the nuclear age and what it could do to the natural world,” she says. “I loved movies like ‘Them’ and ‘On the Beach.’ ” In “Island Zero,” filmed in Maine and starring Laila Robins and Adam Wade McLaughlin, it’s global warming, not nuclear war, that could end civilization. “I don’t really enjoy working with Hollywood studios. They want you to write and then rewrite,” Gerritsen says. “This has been a fun family project.” The Newburyport Literary Festival, which kicks off Friday, also features talks by Andre Dubus IIIAnita Diamant, and Mary Gaitskill, among many others.

Names can be reached at names@globe.com. Follow Mark Shanahan on Twitter @MarkAShanahan.
Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.